Respond welcomes the Governments Implementation Plan which sets itself to house 2,700 homeless families in the next two years through the use of NAMA properties and the refurbishment of local authority vacant units. However, while the emphasis has been on homelessness recently due to the housing shortage in Dublin, the social housing charity feel that there is urgent need for the establishment of a high level strategic housing group to oversee the development and implementation of a National Social Housing Plan. This strategic group should comprise of all the housing and support experts in the government, local authority and the voluntary sector.
What the current housing crisis has taught us is the way in which disadvantage piles on top of disadvantage. The people who are now living in hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels and other emergency / temporary accommodation are the poor, the educationally disadvantaged, with poor health and those squeezed out of housing due to the current crises in the private rental sector in Dublin. These are people caught up in an economic crisis that was not of their making.
Gleann na hEorna, Springfield, Tallaght is one of the best examples of what can be achieved in the delivery of community Social Housing when three organisations pool their resources and experiences to achieve a common purpose.
This 204-Dwelling project is the culmination of joint endeavours by St. John of God Hospitaller Ministeries and South Dublin County Council under the project leadership of Respond Housing Association.